Rashid Johnson. Blocks
‘Rashid Johnson. Blocks’ is a rich photographic chronicle of the year-long intervention between Johnson’s first public artwork (commissioned by High Line Art) and the High Line park’s natural environment designed by Dutch horticulturalist Piet Oudolf. Composed of black steel cage-like grids and populated with bright yellow busts, ‘Blocks’ (2015) begins as a minimalist installation that becomes intertwined with – and home to – various stages of plant life seen across the four seasons.
The publication features photographs that poetically capture the temporal relationship between man-made structures and natural conditions, illuminating themes of optimism, failure, reclamation, and abandonment. A conversation between Johnson and Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of High Line Art, highlights the process by which Johnson created ‘Blocks’ and probes the work’s relationship to both the artist’s personal practice and public art at large.